Coming June 22, 2012
Coming June 22, 2012
Lots of chatter on the web about the Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter film now in production. I reviewed the Seth Grahame-Smith novel before it was released a while back. In fact, I wrote a few articles on the topic. But just for kicks, go here for all my Vampiric posts – they’ll run backwards from this one.
Hat tip to Kevin Levin for bringing to my attention this video of artifacts from the battle in the collection of the Museum of the Confederacy.
Another WaPo article, this time about some sixth-graders at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Manassas and their film project on First Bull Run. Nice photo gallery, too.
Gettysburg is a 2-hour History special that kicks off a week of programming commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Executive produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, this special strips away the romanticized veneer of the Civil War. It presents the pivotal battle of Gettysburg in a new light: as a visceral, terrifying and deeply personal experience, fought by men with everything on the line. Compelling CGI and powerful action footage place viewers in the midst of the fighting, delivering both an emotional cinematic experience and an information packed look at the turning points, strategic decisions, technology and little known facts surrounding the greatest engagement ever fought on American soil.
The special begins in the high stakes summer of 1863, as the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia crosses into Pennsylvania. Trailed by the Union’s Army of the Potomac, Lee¹s 75,000 strong army heads towards Harrisburg, converging instead near a quiet farm town, Gettysburg. Known then only as a crossroads where ten roads running in all directions converge like a wagon wheel, this small town would become site of an epic battle between North and South. For three days, each side fought there for their vision of what America should be.
In collaboration with highly esteemed Civil War historians, History combed through hundreds of individual accounts of the battle to find the unique voices of struggle, defeat and triumph that tell the larger story of a bitterly conflicted nation.
This program is set to air Monday, May 30th at 9 PM. For more info, see here.
OK, I’m a little concerned about those crossed muskets on the Hardee hat. But I’m willing to put up with little things like that if it’s a good flick. I’ve seen two too many movies Stitch Nazis love that were just horrible cinematic experiences. The Scotts are Oscar winners. And I love the use of this song in the trailer – always thought it would fit an ACW soundtrack.
I received an email yesterday from author Patrick Brennan (he wrote a great book about the Battle of Secessionville, among other things) about a project he’s been working on.
3net, the joint venture 24/7 3D network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX have begun principal photography on the world’s first native 3D War Documentary, it was announced today by Tom Cosgrove, President & CEO of 3net. THE CIVIL WAR 3D [a working title], the most ambitious 3D series ever produced for television, will transport viewers back in time, retelling the war’s most pivotal moments both on and off the battlefields from the unique perspective of both sides in the historic conflict. The four-hour miniseries is scheduled to debut on the network in Fall 2011.
Go here for more info. Just something else to look forward to.
Here’s a link to an interesting series of photos – video too – of Civil War reenactors at threatened battlefield sites.
I received an email from National Geographic with links to overviews and video previews of several Civil War programs they have scheduled. Check ‘em out.
Civil Warriors – 3 hours beginning at 8 PM on April 11.
And on April 12 at 9 PM, The Conspirator
Monday evening saw the airing of U. S. Grant: Warrior on American Experience. I was sent a copy for review, but since this is an abridgement of an earlier two-part program I couldn’t make time for it. Regardless, I was watching a football game. If I get a chance to view it in the coming weeks, I’ll post thoughts here.
Check out this series of videos that will give you new insight into U. S. Grant. Hat tip to Crossroads.
There’s a fourth one (actually the third in the series) that’s hilarious, but quite ummm…ribald. If you’re resourceful, you’ll find it.
On the third side of the coin we have this post on Beyond the Crater by guest Bryce Suderow, sure to elicit a different emotion from Grant fans.